Disability Charity Makes a Racket for Accessibility at Wimbledon
A team of volunteers from Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) recently gathered views on accessibility issues from visitors to The Championships, Wimbledon to help to ensure that it serves up a friendly experience for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities.
Busy sports events can be tricky to negotiate for people with disabilities, but disability charity QEF has formed a strong partnership with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to advise where there may be challenges for visitors. The accessibility experts from QEF have carried out hawk-eyed surveys and brought along clients of its services who are wheelchair users. They checked out how measures aimed at improving the experience for disabled people work in practice during the busy Championship Fortnight.
Based on QEF’s recommendations, the AELTC has implemented several major changes this year including improved routes for wheelchair users, maps and guides that display these routes, improvements to seating and viewing areas, and crucially, a new ‘Changing Places’ toilet facility.
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